Elon Musk’s claim that stopping “calling” Tesla Inc. employees and returning to office has pushed the world’s richest man into a heated debate over the future of his job, and again shows that some CEOs are increasingly deaf to employees. Claim for flexibility.
“Everyone at Tesla must spend at least 40 hours in the office each week,” Musk wrote in a message addressed to electric-car makers. That “your real co-workers should be where they are, not a remote pseudo office. If you don’t come, we’ll assume you’ve resigned. The more senior you are, the more visible your presence will be.”
But that mandate may not be acceptable to Tesla and would certainly intimidate employees of Twitter Inc., which seeks to acquire the mask, enjoying the principle of working from anywhere across the epidemic. In today’s tense labor market, with wage increases and workers resigning on record clips, Mask’s policy could cost him some talent.
Brian Crop, head of human resources research at technology consultancy Gartner Inc., said: “Companies that demand that their employees return to their offices may face some problems.” “They will either have access to a small talent pool or pay a compensation premium to force employees to return.”
According to an ongoing survey of Future Forum’s more than 10,000 white-collar workers, more than two out of three so-called knowledge workers – data scientists, engineers, graphic designers – prefer hybrid jobs. The research consortium is supported by Slack Technologies, Salesforce Inc. Its a unit that provides communication services in a popular workplace.
As seen in the Future Forum, only 19% of executives are working from office five days a week, compared to 35% of non-executives. Those who are in the office full time report high levels of stress and anxiety and prefer to work at least flexibly for more than half the time.
Tesla’s CEO doesn’t have that. In a memo back to his office, Musk said Tesla “would have gone bankrupt a long time ago” if he hadn’t stayed in the factory so long – so that people in line could see me work with them.
He scoffed at companies with more flexible workplace policies, saying “when was the last time they sent a great product? It’s been a while.”
White-collar and frontline workers are a mix of retailers and car manufacturers with other companies, while they increase flexibility for some employees and not others.
The epidemic revealed how much society depended on the physical presence of blue-collar workers in hospitals, meat packing plants and grocery stores. The idea of white-collar workers logging in safely at home, while low-paid workers risked their health to show up in private, has become an additional source of frustration in the already stratified U.S. economy.
Kasturi’s office order contrasts with some auto-industry competitors. Ford Motor Co. adopted a “flexible hybrid” model in April where some salaried workers come primarily for collaborative work and otherwise work from home. General Motors Co. It has a “proper work” strategy that allows white-collar workers to log in remotely instead of coming every day. Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. It offers its corporate employees the option to work from home all the time.
Musk’s dismissal from remote work, which he dismissed as a “pretense”, paints a picture of a general perception among bosses that remote workers are not as productive, innovative or collaborative as office workers.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. CEO David Solomon called the remote work a “confusion” last year, when Morgan Stanley CEO James Garman expressed frustration that New Yorkers go to city restaurants but avoid their offices.
Studies by Nicholas Bloom and other academics at Stanford University have shown that remote employees are just as productive and generally more satisfied than office workers.
Musk’s ultimatum also goes against Twitter’s current policy, which is one of the most prominent technology companies to allow most employees to work permanently from home.
“If our employees are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and they want to continue it forever, we will,” Twitter said last year. According to a global study by employers at risk-management and human resources agency Willis Towers Watson, half of the world’s workers do so remotely or in a hybrid setup, up from 9% before the Kovid-19 epidemic.
“The widespread adoption of these work mechanisms during epidemics has challenged some of the myths that have been associated with remote work for years, such as people not being productive working remotely, which has gained greater openness and acceptance,” said Brad Bell, director. Cornell University Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies. In Tesla, though, “it’s definitely not true.”
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